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The Assault on Culture in Ukraine: The Holodomor Years
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Please join the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC, at CIUS, University of Alberta) and the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for the conference “The Assault on Culture in Ukraine: The Holodomor Years,” to be held October 19, 2023 at Columbia University.

Since the fall of the USSR, the Holodomor has been the subject of considerable research, yet connections between it and attacks on Ukrainian culture have received relatively little attention. This conference will consider the relation between the famine and the assault on Ukrainian language, literature, art, theatre, education, religion, and traditions.

Conference participants: Mark Andryczyk, Leah Batstone, Olga Bertelsen, Nichloas Denysenko, Bohdan Kild, Olena Palko, Matthew Pauly, Yuri Shevchuk, Myroslav Shkandrij, Frank Sysyn, Serhy Yekelchyk.

Conference Schedule

October 19, 2023

Columbia University

East Gallery, Buell Hall, Maison Française

515 W 116th St

9:00-11:00am | Panel I

Chair: Mark Andryczyk (Columbia University)

  • Olga Bertelsen (Tiffin University), The Holodomor and Soviet Genocide against the Intelligentsia, 1930-1933
  • Nicholas Denysenko (Valparaiso University), The Holodomor in the Ukrainian Orthodox Metanarrative: Motivations and Theological Problems
  • Bohdan Klid (University of Alberta), Statements on  the Soviet Destruction of Ukrainian Cultural and Religious Figures Submitted to the US Congress’s Select Committee on Communist Aggression (1954)


11:30am-1:30pm | Panel II

Chair: Myroslav Shkandrij (University Manitoba)

  • Leah Batstone (University of Vienna), Searching for the Unscored: Music and Musicians and the Holodomor
  • Matthew Pauly (Michigan State University), Schoolhouse at the Center: Education, Sovietization, and the Holodomor 
  • Olena Palko (Universität Basel), Did Soviet korenizatsiia enable the Holodomor? Reflections on the Soviet Nationalities and Linguistic Policies in 1920s Ukraine


3:00-5:00pm | Panel III

Chair: Frank E. Sysyn (University of Alberta)

  • Yuri Shevchuk (Columbia University), Soviet Film Industry and the Holodomor
  • Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria), How Stalin Stole Ukraine’s Past